BY AILESH ABRAMS
I firmly believe that facials are a top-tier service. The treatment includes healing and soothing and relaxing – and you leave feeling more beautiful and recharged than ever. Have you been seeing our recent posts and wondering what all the hype about these Salon Society Custom Facials is about? What is a custom facial? What is custom about it? Is a custom facial worth it?
Wonder no longer!! I went and got one so I could spill all the deets in this blog – and let me tell you, a Custom Facial is everything.
Let's break it down: What happens during one of these custom facial treatments?
Oh Snap, It's a Trap!
BY AILESH ABRAMS
OK, so your stylist has converted you using amazing salon-quality products and you can now navigate that drugstore aisle like a pro:
“Not today, Head & Shoulders!”
“Box dye? No beuno.”
…but wait a minute, is that *insert fancy product name* being sold in my local drugstore?!?
We get it, it’s confusing. But, as with many things, luxury salon brands available at a drugstore is too good to be true. BUT I'M SEEING IT WITH MY OWN EYES – how?
This question has an answer that can be summed up in one word: DIVERGENCE.
Before going forwards, let's take a step back to the behind-the-scenes of salon retail. As a salon, when we decide to bring in a new luxury product line, we need to apply for the right to do so – and they can say no!
For example, when Salon Society wanted to partner with Oribe, we needed to communicate with the Oribe brand reps to be sure that we would be a good fit! These luxury brands want to be sure that the salons that carry their products are able to properly use, educate, sell, and represent the brand as an ambassador.
As you can imagine, these types of brands also commit to not selling their products to drugstores/major retailers. Additionally, many of these brands invest time and money into the prevention and interruption of unauthorized sales to avoid unhappy customers or damage to their brand. When you find luxury brands on Amazon or in Walmart, what is actually being sold is a diverted product.
So that’s the nitty-gritty of it – when you find these diverted products you are really rolling the dice on whether or not you are getting what you’re paying for!
And there you have it - five insider tips you learn working at a hair salon!
Which one surprised you the most? Comment down below!!
By: Ailesh Abrams
I think the Pinterest quotes have it right : “beauty is on the inside” “being yourself is beautiful” “confidence is sexy”.
That sounds lame, but I think they are on to something because I believe being comfortable allows us to shine and be beautiful. When we feel uncomfortable - in a situation, in our clothes, in our own skin we dim ourselves and our beauty.
In an uncomfortable situation or when we feel judged it is hard to show our true self and come into our own. When we feel self conscious in our clothes we try to blend into the wallpaper, we change how we hold ourselves, we tug and fidget - but when we feel like a smoke show we show how fire we really are! I think that feeling confident in owning our look, our self, our bodies makes us beautiful.
Now let’s talk feeling comfortable in your own skin - your literal skin. Skin is the largest organ on our bodies and I think it comes with the largest range of conflicting ‘right kind of beautiful’ prescriptions. You can’t be too light or too dark. You can’t be too pale or too rosy. You can’t have too much of it. You can’t age. You should be smooth and flawless at all times - if you’re not you should wear makeup. But if you wear makeup you should wear less…
And to combat all those conflicting issues we are bombarded with skin care tips and tricks, medications and supplements and crystals, treatments and peels. Now, I’m not going to say I don’t love skin care or that I don’t love getting treatments done (I’m dying for a dermaplaning treatment + jelly mask as I write this) but I do think the shame that is put on us for not being perfect or not being makeup free is ridiculous. So :
Do you want microneedling and all the best masks to clear your skin for a makeup free future? Great! I know the sweetest girl who can help you get there!
Do you want a BB Glow treatment so you can wake up and feel confident and ready for the day - makeup already on? Amazing! I love that for you!
Do you want to brush on some powder or 7 layers of Sephora curated perfection? ROCK THOSE SKILLS!!!
Do what is right for you and what is going to make you feel good; there is no right or wrong way to feel comfortable in your own skin. If you want some skin care with no judgement hit up our girl McKenna - you can swing by for a free consultation and just chat or get down to business with an amazing treatment!
3 PLACES TO FIND NAIL INSPIRATION
Hey there! Ailesh from Salon Society in Regina, SK here. Do you ever sit down to do your nails but cannot for the life of you decide what designs to put on your nails? Finding inspiration for new designs and new creative nail sets can be frustrating sometimes so I've put together a three of my favourite places to look for nail inspiration!
BOMB NAIL ART IN 4 EASY STEPS
4 TOP TIPS FOR BANGS
Hey everyone! Ailesh from Salon Society here in Regina, SK. Bangs are not always easy but they are super cute and trendy. While I am not a stylist, I have been rocking full straight bangs for years now and I wanted to share what I've learned about living with bangs with you all!
Read on for my 4 Top Tips for Bangs:
1. Dry Shampoo is Life
Dry shampoo is an ultimate beauty product for everyone, however it is truly a necessity for those with bangs. Bangs are super cute but unfortunately they can get greasy fast! When you get bangs you'll notice quickly that the way they sit against your forehead all day results in more oil absorbed in them than the rest of your hair. Dry shampoo in your bangs is the key to this problem!
TOP TIP: Apply your dry shampoo at night and sleep with it in to wake up ready to rock. My favourite dry shampoo is Kevin Murphy's Fresh Hair - it smells AMAZING and it works!
2. The Bang Wash
Sometime I find that dry shampoo isn't going to cut it with my oily bangs but that the rest of my hair really doesn't need a hair wash yet and looks super cute. If your bangs are significantly more oily than the rest of your hair, try washing just the bangs. To do this, pull the rest of your hair back into a pony or braids. Next wet just the bangs and use a small amount of shampoo to wash them. Follow-up with blowdrying and you are ready to go!
My favourite shampoo for a quick bang wash is Kevin Murphy's Angel Wash - it smells great and provides a great gentle clean, removing all grease but leaving the hair hydrated!
3. Hair Training
When you first start out your bangs may not do exactly what you want them to. I have straight bangs and they needed to be blowdried and trained to stop them from splitting down my part line. A bit of work and dedication is all it takes to train them into the shape you desire!
4. Blowdryer > Straightener
When it comes to styling bangs I've learned that to its best to use a blowdryer. I've found trying to use a flat iron or curling iron to do major changes/damage control on out of control bangs usually results in flat, weird bangs. Instead, it is better to wet the bangs and blow dry to style, following with an iron to perfect if need be.
HAND & NAIL CARE IN A COVID WORLD
Hey everyone! Ailesh from Salon Society in Regina, SK here to talk about proper hand and nail care in our current crazy COVID world.
As we all undoubtedly know at this point, 20 seconds of frequent and thorough handwashing with soap and warm water is important for defending against the COVID-19 virus but all this hand washing can really take a toll on the health of our hands and nails. In addition, increased sanitization of frequently touched surfaces has many of us with our hands in harsh cleaners and bleach.
Working to keep your hands and nails in good shape isn't just so they look pretty but also to protect your health. Broken skin and abrasions are a good way for bacteria to enter your body and dry hands and cuticles can be painful - so let's get fixing those hands!
The best thing you can do for your hands is moisturize them. Frequent handwashing is very drying so it is important to follow every hand wash with lotion. Try a DIY hand scrub to scrub away the dryness and start fresh - something as simple as brown sugar and coconut oil will do the trick!
TOP TIP: Have a lotion next to every sink so you won't forget and don't have to look for it!
2. Use Warm Water
Warm water is plenty warm enough to effectively wash your hands and is the recommended temperature for handwashing. Whereas washing with hot water strips moisture from your hands plus can cause irritation or burns.
3. No Nail Biting
Nothing is worse than unsightly and painful nails and cuticles. Keep those fingers out of your mouth - for your nails and your health!
TOP TIP: Keeping your nails at a shorter, more manageable length can help to discourage nail biting. Plus, always carry nail clippers or a nail file so any broken nails can be taken care of immediately without biting.
4. Cuticle Care
Dry cuticles are flakey, peeling, hang nail prone cuticles. To keep your cuticles looking good be sure to use lots of lotion and cuticle oil! In addition, it's important to keep a pair of sharp cuticle nibbers on hand. Using nibbers to carefully and safely cut away dry cuticles and hang nails helps to stop tearing and prevent painful cuticles.
TOP TIP: Put cuticle oil on at night before bed so it can fully soak in as you sleep!
5. Pretty Nails are Healthy Nails
Right now long nails may not be the best choice for you. Our frequent hand washing can make nails dry and brittle leading to easy breakage. Shorter well shaped nails are easier to maintain than longer nails; uniform healthy nails are pretty nails.
Grab some nail polish and make those nails shine! Make sure to thoroughly clean the nail before applying any polish and use base and top coats for a longer lasting manicure. If you're thinking of tackling some nail art check out my blog - 4 Tips for Beginner Nail Art!
4 TIPS FOR BEGINNER NAIL ART
Hey there! Ailesh here from Salon Society in Regina, Saskatchewan.
For my first ever blog post I decided to write about something I am very passionate about - nail art. I love trying new things, keeping up with nail trends, and learning new techniques. I know first-hand how daunting nail art can seem, especially when you're just starting out, so I've put together my top tips for beginners to nail art - I hope you enjoy them!
1. Keep It Simple
If you are just starting out keep it simple and easy. Classic designs like polka dots, hearts, and flowers are a great starting point and will help to hone your fine motor skills.
2. Add A Twist
Find an simple design and jazz it up with a twist. For example, layering different coloured polka dots. Adding a matte top coat is another easy way to transform a look!
3. Perfectly Imperfect
Aim for designs that don't require perfection. Instead, try looks that allow for imperfection from nail to nail - think bold brush strokes, abstract designs, and mixing textures and patterns. This is especially helpful if you are trying to do nail art on both hands but aren't comfortably ambidextrous yet.
4. Go All Out (Almost)
Go all out, full crazy nail art - on one hand. Use your dominant hand to create the nail art of your dreams on one hand. Then using your non-dominant hand, paint simple solid coloured nails in a colour that compliments the design hand.
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